Indian Astrology is also known as Indian Vedic Astrology or Vedic Astrology. Vedic Astrology can be defined as the science explains in details the planetary movements and positions in respect to day and time, and their effects on 12 zodiac signs that influence the personality traits of humans. In short, it depends on the correct positions of the zodiacal fixed sun signs in regards to the place/location on the earth at given point of time.
Astrology being the broader term, Vedic Astrology is the term used for Indian or Hindu Astrology system. Originating over thousands of years ago, ‘jyotish vidya’ as it was known as, was documented by Maharishi (learned sages) across the ages in the Hindu scriptures. The term Jyotish means the science of light. It is very apt as Vedic astrology deals in astral light patterns that reflect our destiny and future.
What’s Your Sign ?
When a person asks your “sign”, even if they don’t know it, they are referring to your Sun Sign, which is the zodiacal sign position of the Sun at the time of your birth.
Sun Sign Astrology gets a lot of press. However, with a little thought, it is rather intuitive to feel that dividing the entire human population into only 12 categories (the 12 Sun Signs) is far too simplistic. The truth is, every individual on this planet is complex.
While the sign position of the Sun is meaningful, there is much more to Astrology than just the Sun. In fact, Astrology is just as delightfully (and sometimes maddeningly!) complex as people themselves. Besides the sign of the Sun, each person has a Moon sign, Mercury sign, Venus sign, Mars sign, and so forth. Furthermore, each of the planets and luminaries fall in particular houses (there are 12 in all) in their birth charts (also called natal charts). Character is also believed to be influenced by the relationships the planets, luminaries, and points have with each other. Astrologers measure these relationships by the number of degrees between them to determine whether they form an aspect or not. Zodiac Countless other refinements can be studied, and this is simply natal chart analysis. Astrologers can turn to a variety of other systems, such as predictive Astrology techniques, Synastry (the study of relationships), and more.
IS ASTROLOGY A SCIENCE ?
It falls more in the category of metaphysics, the study of that which is beyond the physical. It's similar to other fields that are founded on ancient theories of energy patterns, like feng shui, acupuncture, and yoga. Astrology at high levels is a mastery of its particular science and the intuitive arts. As the earliest known ordering of existence, long before recorded history, it's been called the "Mother of all Sciences."
THE CELESTIAL CLOCK
Astrology's premise is that the planetary movements influence the Moments in Time. Since we're part of the story of the Universe, our moment of birth recorded on the celestial clock is meaningful. The planets continue to move, engaging with the fixed in time energies of our birth chart. Students today can draw on the myths, symbolic associations and wisdom of past astrologers to come up with their own intuitive language. There are the long cycles of outer planets that show generational trends, and shorter ones, like the Sun's annual journey through the Zodiac.
A circle is drawn through the sky that includes the path of the sun, the moon and the planets, as they appear to move around the Earth. This is known as the Zodiac circle; from there the circle is split into twelve equal thirty degree sections: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius. A particular constellation lies behind each of the twelve sections and some constellations are much larger than others but have been reduced to twelve equal sizes to help the interpretation of the birth-chart. There are general assumptions made about individuals born under the Zodiac Signs. Gemini are flirtatious for instance or a Libra is ‘charming’. While this may be true in some cases, the Zodiac Sign on its own is not a true reflection of the possibilities of Astrology, and is only the beginning in mapping a person’s birth-chart.
While modern technology has allowed us to push through into the boundaries of space exploration marring some of the ‘magical’ wonder of the planets that occupy our sky, Astrology explains the affects that planets can have on our birth-chart and the associated traits that can then impact on our personalities.
Mars has been a planet portrayed as the one fruitful planet that housed life in our solar system, in many science fiction films and literature throughout the years but in Astrology the red planet is associated with violence and warfare, no doubt due to the striking reddish color of its surface. It is also said to represent the masculinity in the personality of both sexes and is related to aggression and heat.
Venus is associated with purity and love in personal relationships. It can positively encourage gentleness or friendship, while it can also make the individual careless or indecisive.
Planets, along with Zodiac signs, go some way to indicating the personality traits, hobbies and successful career paths of an individual, but are in need of a third component to complete a full birth-chart.
A birth-chart not only uses the twelve Zodiac Signs but also, uses twelve sections know as houses. Houses govern a different aspect of the life of the owner of the horoscope. Planets placed within them or related to them, have something to say about a specific area of the character of a person.
The first house begins at the horizon line and the rest follow anti-clockwise, varying in size depending on the type of house system used. There are many different types of house systems but one of the earliest and still very common today is The Equal House system. The big advantage of using this type of house system is it can be drawn from anywhere in the world, while others can be restricted to certain regions.
The first house of Aries and Mars is considered the most important and has been called the house of fulfillment as it describes the personality, attitude, temperament, health and wellbeing of the owner of the birth-chart.
The last tool of the birth-chart is the relationship between all the other elements known as Aspects. They are the specific angles made by planets to each other and are important in interpretation. To be ‘in aspect’ Planets need to be at specific angular distance from each other within the horoscope.
When two planets occupy the same point in a chart, this is called Conjunction and is the most powerful of Aspects. Conjunction can have either a negative or positive impact to other influences in the birth-chart. Pulling all the components of a birth-chart together, we can look at what it says at the time of our birth, to allow us to see what affects could be present and what standing they might bear on our characters. We might just find that the answer to who we are was already written in the stars.